So I went to SXSW for the first time in 2009 and I had a great time. (I didn’t go in 2010 because I was in San Francisco the entire previous week and my startup travel budget was blown.) I tell everyone the same thing: At SXSW, because it is out in the middle of Texas, everyone is a visitor, no one is running home to their family, and the result is that everyone is totally open to meeting people. You can walk up to anyone and say, “What is your story?” and they will totally engage with you. It is a great way to meet new people, network, and build interesting relationships.
Sounds great, right? But here was the problem: I could not find my people. I ended up saying, “What’s your story?” and learning tons about crazy obscure movie directors and probably 124025820628 graphic designers. I wanted to meet my people. My online advertising people. But I was unsure how. There were exactly 0 panels or events for online advertising. I ended up hanging out with Greg Yardley most of the time and while I thought that was great, he can testify to how annoying spending an extended amount of time with me is.
I have become convinced that what the world needs is an advertising panel at SXSW to provide a forum for online advertising geeks to find each other and commune at this esteemed event. Thanks to the power of panelpicker, that can now happen. Selecting speakers for SXSW is partly driven by user voting, so now is your chance to vote for next year:
Click here to go vote for my panel (Registration Required):
I know registering is a drag (or as we like to say, conversion rates drop precipitously), but think about it, every other panel has to get people to register, so if you just put yourself out for 2 minutes, we can have a higher conversion rate than everybody else. That translates to winning! This is going to become THE EVENT for online advertisers at SXSW. We are going to be uber-connecting people. Help us make it happen.